Whole_Foods_2.jpgSannie Rocheteau (second from left) of Whole Foods poses with HAC’s Mary LeClair (from left), Deanna Bussiere and Lin Rohr.

A stuffed monkey, building blocks and a Hot Wheels car were just a few of the toys complete strangers bought for children at HAC’s three family shelters last month.

They were delivered by Sannie Rocheteau, metro marketing specialist for Whole Foods Market, during the week of Christmas. Customers and staff at the company’s Hyannis store donated the gifts as a way to pay it forward during the holiday season.

“This was a lot of fun,” Rocheteau said, inside HAC’s Angel House shelter, the first of three stops on the day that also included a visit to Carriage House in North Falmouth, and The Village at Cataumet in Bourne. In all, presents were purchased for 46 children in HAC’s shelters as a way to give them some joy during the holidays.

Rocheteau said that Whole Foods’ Giving Tree was embraced by the entire community, noting that as she was decorating it customers were placing presents under the tree. “It was really a great experience and we were lucky to all be a part of it,” Rocheteau said.


Since coming to Hyannis in May 2014, Whole Foods has made a commitment to giving back to the community. Click here to learn about their philanthropic efforts to support organizations like HAC.